DIY Fish Fertilizer

You can buy liquid fish just about anywhere garden fertilizers are sold, so why bother messing around with DIY fish fertilizer? It’s liquid gold – the best possible 100% natural plant food. [column size=one_half position=first ]Thanks to the many benefits gained using inputs made from fish in gardening, fish-based products are a familiar sight within the retail gardening industry. With all the products on the market, the liquid fish fertilizer segment has two separate categories: fish hydrolysate and fish emulsion. Outside of specialty gardening shops, fish emulsion is the product most commonly found. This is most unfortunate for the average organic gardener. Fish...

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Control Garden Pests with Plants?

Last week, I came across an article about scientists discovering that farmers could reduce pesticide use simply by changing the way they plant a monocrop. Interesting. Can we control garden pests with plants using this concept too? It seems doubtful many farms would implement such a change, unless plagued with pesticide tolerant superbugs. Most rely on those one-shot miracle solutions in a jug. It seems to me that this might just be applicable to backyard garden and urban farm crops. Definitely worth considering, if not trying out. Whether you’re an organic gardener or not. Just because your ‘field’ is only 20 foot by...

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Sustainable City Food Systems Pact

Urban agriculture is a major part of a growing sustainable city food systems movement, one that is spreading at an amazing speed. It’s not just because locally grown food is a trend embraced by more affluent urbanites, and discerning chefs. Urban farming has also proven to create economy, and healthy food options where neither was available. And this isn’t a citizen movement – it has moved into city hall. In less than 2 years, one man’s idea has mayors of big cities around the world becoming the driving force in changing the issues with food. It started as an idea...

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Making the Best Compost

It appears that what we think about making the best compost is all wrong. Adding any compost that is pesticide free to the garden is definitely better than none at all, but is there something amiss with the widely used acceptable ingredient list? What about the process itself? For starters, if you’re not actually turning that pile regularly, then you’re just adding to the greenhouse gases problem. Secondly, if you’re only composting food waste, your final product is probably seriously lacking in both quality and structure. And anyone reading this who thinks I’ve lost my mind, bear with me....

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Urban Farming Pioneers: Growing Food & Futures

Need proof that urban farming can change the world? Take a look at what one group of urban pioneers, The Urban Farming Guys, have accomplished – without obtaining funding in order to get started. They set out to turn an inner city neighborhood around simply by being settlers. Over the past few years these families from the suburbs have managed to reduce the crime rate, reduce drug use, create hope and a future where none has existed in many, many years. No one sent them there. This isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle – homesteading the urban frontier. A wild place,...

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